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College Night leaders

Sides Joining Forces for UM’s 2021 College Night

In March, College Night will look significantly different than it has in the past, as the Purple and Gold leaders have developed a plan to celebrate the tradition while staying safe during the pandemic.

College Night leaders, in coordination with advisors from the College Night Committee and University administration, finalized the plan in early October.

During College Night, which will be held virtually from March 10-13, the Purple and Gold Sides will celebrate their 100th year and UM will celebrate its 125th. To honor past College Nights, the side leaders have chosen to return to a modified format of the late 1920s. In honor of the University weathering the unprecedented times of COVID-19, the side leaders have also agreed to play as one united side — both Purples and Golds together. The ultimate winner will be College Night and the University.

College Night and Homecoming are being held one month later than normal in 2021 to allow students time to settle into the spring semester, complete necessary COVID-19 re-entry testing and to allow for a safer rehearsal schedule for the College Night participants.

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No Vallo Voice Nov. 23

There will be no Vallo Voice the week of Nov. 23. Vallo Voice will resume Monday, Nov. 30. Please note that the deadline for submissions for the Nov. 30 edition of Vallo Voice is noon on Thursday, Nov. 19. Submit your news and announcements at

Important Holiday Deadlines

With the excitement of the upcoming holidays, please read the following information to be sure all HR and payroll responsibilities are handled in a timely manner. The deadlines below are not timesheet deadlines. These are the dates that PAFs, deduction changes, direct deposit information, etc., need to be received for HR/payroll purposes.

Holiday deadlines for November and December payrolls for all faculty, staff and students:

  • All information affecting the Nov. 27 bi-weekly payroll and the Dec. 1 monthly payroll needs to be received by Human Resources no later than Monday, Nov. 16, at noon.
  • All information affecting the Dec. 24 and Jan. 8 bi-weekly payroll and the Jan. 4 monthly payroll needs to be received by Human Resources no later than Wednesday, Dec. 10, at noon.
  • Per the Payroll Office, timesheet deadlines will remain the same with the exception of the Dec. 6-Dec. 19 pay period. Timesheets for this pay period are due by Sunday, Dec. 20, at noon.

You will notice there will be several pay periods open at the same time. Please pay close attention to the dates when you are entering or approving time. If you are not working over the holiday break, you may submit all timesheets as soon as you see they are available. Further details and instructions will be included on the normal timesheet reminder emails you receive every two weeks.

Student Spotlights

Do you know a student who is doing great things on campus or in the community? University Marketing & Communications is looking for standout students to feature in our student spotlight series in the spring. Visit this link to nominate a student to be featured.

Library Hours After Thanksgiving Break

Carmichael Library will close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday break and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30.

Library hours for Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 11, are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 2 to 10 p.m.

Please note: For the final two hours on Sunday through Thursday (8 to 10 p.m.), the ground floor only will be open due to staffing constraints. Students who are on the upper floors at that time will be asked to relocate to the ground floor. Research assistance from a librarian (online or in-person) will be available until 8 p.m.

Alumni Association Accepting Award Nominations

Please consider nominating deserving individuals to receive one of the Alumni Association’s awards, which are presented at various times during the year. The following award nominations are due Dec. 1:

  • Nathalie Molton Gibbons Young Achiever’s Award
  • Nathalie Molton Gibbons Alumni Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are welcome to nominate alumni for these awards. Nominate today!

Montevallo Main Street Empty Storefront Decorating Contest

Student groups and youth groups are invited to create holiday designs for empty storefronts on Main Street for a chance to win a cash prize for their organization. This year, everyone needs a little extra holiday cheer. We hope you will join us in making downtown Montevallo look magical and festive.

Due to COVID-19, we will be doing things differently this year. Groups are asked to create a digital holiday banner design. Once the artwork is submitted and approved, Montevallo Main Street will have the banners printed and installed in windows. Alternatively, groups may also draw/paint on butcher paper. The finished banners will measure approximately 3 feet wide by 6 feet tall.

  • First place prize: $200
  • Second place prize: $150
  • Third place prize: $100

Interested groups and organizations must register by emailing Then they will be given guidelines and design tips. Designs must be submitted before 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23.

Winners will be announced virtually on Thursday, Dec. 3, on the Montevallo Main Street Facebook Page.

Spring 2021 Re-entry Testing Details

Re-entry testing is a requirement for students who will be on campus during the spring 2021 semester. Students who choose to be completely online and who will not be living on campus or using campus facilities (dining, recreation, library, etc.) will not be tested.

This month, the University will distribute Everlywell self-administered COVID-19 test kits to all students who will be attending in-person classes or utilizing campus facilities during the spring 2021 semester. Students will be instructed on how to self-administer the test which will then need to be shipped to a certified lab through the method indicated seven days PRIOR to their intended date of return to campus. Tests MUST be taken and shipped on the same day. Everlywell results will automatically be submitted to the University. Students who misplace their free Everlywell test kits will be responsible for securing their own test at their expense prior to returning for spring semester AND will need to submit results to

Re-entry test distribution dates:

  • Nov. 16-20: Housing and Residence Life staff will distribute self-administer test kits to all students living in residence halls.
  • Nov. 18-20: Self-administer test kits will be distributed to commuter students at Farmer Hall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Nov. 23-24: Self-administer test kits will be distributed to commuter students at Farmer Hall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 4: Self-administer test kits will be available for pickup by all students at Farmer Hall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Dec. 8: Spring 2021 new registrants will be mailed self-administer test kits.
  • Jan. 4: Returning students who registered over the winter break will be mailed test kits.
  • Jan. 6: Spring 2021 new registrants will be mailed self-administer test kits.
  • Jan. 11-15: Self-administer test kits will be distributed to students who did not previously receive a test kit in Farmer Hall.

Questions about testing should be sent to

Important Information for Students from the Cashier’s Office

Students can plan ahead now for spring 2021 by reviewing the Important Deadlines page regarding spring 2021 at

  • Interested students may enroll in a spring 2021 payment plan at zero percent down and $40 enrollment through the end of November.
  • Students with no SSN on file must complete the W-9s form and submit it with proper identification to the Registrar’s Office. This will update the student’s account for tax reporting (1098-T).
  • If students would like to receive their 1098-T electronically in 2021, they can opt-in or if students would like to withdraw their consent due to graduation or other reasons, they can opt-out. If students are receiving their tax form via paper mail, they should make sure their address is up-to-date in Banner Self-Service. To opt-in or opt-out, please visit for further information.
  • Any student interested in setting up direct deposit must provide their UM ID or a valid state ID with voided check or bank letterhead with account number and routing number IN PERSON to the Cashier’s Office. Due to security reasons this is not acceptable by email or fax.
  • Students who have credit balances beginning Nov. 16, 2020, through Jan. 20, 2021, may charge books at UM’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
  • Employee waivers, dependent waivers or third-party contract forms must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 14. for funds to reflect on student accounts in a timely manner.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Cashier’s Office at 205-665-6065 or visit


Student Art Association Pop-Up Shop

Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Wednesday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center for the Arts

Come out and support the Student Art Association. They will be selling T-shirts, buttons, cards and original art.

Pandemic PD: GoReact

Wednesday, Nov. 18, Noon, via Zoom

This week’s Pandemic PD session hosted by the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching will discuss the software tool GoReact, which integrates with Canvas to streamline providing feedback to students on recorded video assignments such as presentations, demonstrations or performances. Register at this link to receive the login information for the session.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Danielle Deavours, instructor of mass communication, competed as a finalist in the University of Alabama’s 3-Minute Thesis competition last week for her dissertation titled “Not Just What You Say, But How You Say It: Nonverbal Neutrality of Journalists During Crisis Coverage.” She was one of 15 students out of 5,730 chosen to present.

Student Highlights

The Gulf South Conference recently named golfers Bernardita Villalba and Landon Wockenfuss as the Golfers of the Week and Freshman of the Week. This recognition comes after both Falcons displayed impressive play on the golf course at the Full Moon Invitational.  

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Upcoming Events

Runs through Nov. 19
Senior BFA Exhibition — Morgan Capps and Tomeca Reed
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Virtual content
Runs through Nov. 24
On Repeat — Ellen Mueller

Poole Gallery
Virtual walkthrough and artist talk
Nov. 16-20
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
to residential students
Nov. 17-18
Student Art Association Pop-Up Shop
Center for the Arts
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 18
Pandemic PD: GoReact
Nov. 18-20
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
to commuter students
Farmer Hall
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 23-24
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
to commuter students
Farmer Hall
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 25-27
Thanksgiving holidays
University closed
Nov. 30
UM transitions to distance education
Nov. 30-Dec. 4
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
for all students
Farmer Hall
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 3
Montevallo Christmas Parade
Main Street
6 p.m.
Dec. 7-11
Final exams
Dec. 12
Flowerhill lawn
10:30 a.m.
Dec. 14-Jan. 1
Winter holidays
University closed
Jan. 4
University opens
Jan. 8
Faculty Senate Meeting
2 p.m.
Jan. 11
Spring term classes begin
Jan. 11-15
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
to any remaining students

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